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Inside 311 with Filippo Fortis

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Factory311 with Filippo Fortis

Factory311: What was your inspiration for this shoot?
Filippo Fortis: When I saw the outfit on the model I remembered an old Italian Vogue shoot with similar colors and used it as a starting point for my picture.

F311: Are there things like music, art and culture that influence your work?
F.F: Certainly art, then music and movies but mostly books.

F311: Is there anyone you would like to work with in the future?
F.F: Anyone I could share my vision with.

F311: Your favorite shoot to date? Why?
F.F: A shoot for Vanity Fair I did a couple of years ago inspired by Roy Lichtenstein paintings.

F311: What was the location of this shoot?
F.F: This was shot in the beautiful apartment and garden of a friend of mine in London.

F311: Who was in charge of the styling and hair&make-up?
F.F: Sam Ranger (now fashion editor at Exit Magazine) styled gorgeously the story. Martina Luise studied a wonderful make-up for Portia Freeman and Panos Papandrianos (@CLM) did a fantastic job with her hair.

F311: Who do you admire? Why?
F.F: Among fashion photographers I can name Nick Knight for his continuous search for innovation and the outstanding and always inpsiring quiality of his work….and of course Guy Bourdin who is still ahead of them all. Aside from fashion, I appreciate the work of Joel-Peter Witkin, Kertesz, Martin Parr, Diane Arbus….

F311: Any professional regrets?
F.F: Having spent too any years creating and taking care of a very successful agency specialized in backstage and runway picture of the fashion shows and therefore realizing too late that what I really wanted to do was photography.

F311: So when will you come and visit us at our Soho HQ’s?
F.F: Well, next time I’m in London. It has been quite a while and I miss it.

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